All irreversible processes, including life, arise, persist, and proliferate to produce entropy. It is the dissipation of a generalized thermodynamic potential that is important in driving life, not finding a clever route to channeling energy into some kind of self-indulgence or “will to survive”. The most important generalized thermodynamic potential available at Earth’s surface during the Archean was the UV solar photon flux. Please have a look at my blog on the Thermodynamic Dissipation Theory of the Origin of Life.
Dr. Karo Michaelian is a researcher at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City (UNAM). He specializes in the thermodynamics of life and evolution.